Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Edwin M. Stanton [1]

November 10, 1864

This lady would be appointed Chaplain of the First Wisconsin Heavy Artillery, only that she is a woman. The President has not legally anything to do with such a question, but has no objection to her appointment. A. LINCOLN.


[1]   DeRobigne Mortimer Bennett, The World's Sages, Infidels, and Thinkers (New York, 1876), p. 951. According to the source, Lincoln gave this communication to Ella E. Gibson (Mrs. Ella E. G. Hobart), ``ordained as a ministerPage  103

by the Religio-Philosophical Society of St. Charles, Ill.'' Although she was ``unanimously elected Chaplain and the Colonel confirmed the election,'' Secretary Stanton ``declined to recognize the mustering on account of her sex, not wishing to establish a precedent.''